Tag Archive: review


tecline avenger maya sidemount 16

Review:  The Tecline Avenger and Side 16 Polish technical diving equipment manufacturer Tecline recently released several new versions of it’s sidemount BCD.  The basic 16kg bladder BCD is now available with a hogarthian or comfort/adjustable harness, in cordura 2000 material or an upgraded kevlar reinforced version.  There is also a special edition ‘Maya’ variant with [...]

sidemount diverite nomad ltz

Sidemount Review: The DiveRite Nomad LTZ The DiveRite Nomad LTZ is the improved successor to the old Nomad LT Extreme.  Made with even more robust materials, some beneficial design tweaks  and now offering a (limited) integral dual-bladder; the LTZ continues the Florida Cave evolution of sidemount design – but with a relatively minimalist feel.   [...]

poseidon sidemount

New Release – Poseidon Sidemount BCD  Diving manufacturer Poseidon have joined the sidemount market with the release of their new BCD.  The rig is based on the American/Cold-Water school of design (see The Two Schools Of Sidemount Diving Heritage).  As is common with sidemount BCDs of this design, the use of a butt-plate and lack [...]

Tovatec SportTac-2000 review

Torch Review: Tovatec Sports Tec ST2000   The Tovatec Sports Tec ST2000 is a really useful multi-purpose torch at a good price.  I bought one on a whim 8 months ago and have used it as a lightweight primary for  wreck penetration, night dives and as a GoPro video light. The Tovatec ST2000 has an adjustable 220 lumen [...]

Dive Rite Nomad LTZ 1

Review of the Dive Rite Nomad LTZ by Oliver J. Albrecht A couple of weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that my current sidemount rig for steel tanks was not working perfectly for me anymore. While for the most part it did just fine with two main tanks and a stage, once I added multiple [...]

Apeks WSX-25 sidemount

APEKS WSX-25 Sidemount Pre-Release Review Apeks are due to soon release the WSX-25 Sidemount BCD and harness.  Early promotional photographs and details of the rig show what may be a very promising and popular sidemount BCD once it reaches the commercial market. The Apeks wing offers 27lbs / 12 kgs of buoyancy, making it suitable [...]

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD

Aquamundo Sidemount BCD – New Release Oct 2013 I was pleased to be asked to conduct pre-release trials on the Aquamundo Sidemount BCD during Sept 2013 and this is my review of the  newly released rig: The sidemount BCD is a complete system, designed on a minimalist harness that is ideal for tropical diving with [...]

technical diving subic bay philipines bcd

Scuba Tips : Choosing Your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) Shopping for a scuba buoyancy control device (BCD) is like completing a jigsaw.  There is a huge variety of products and options available for the diver to chose from.  The diver needs certain functions, but may also want certain additional functionality.  Manufacturers/retailers will always try and make divers want [...]

sidemount diver course philippines

Review of Scuba Tech Philippines ‘Sidemount Diver’ Course A kind review of my PADI Sidemount Diver course, courtesy of Camille Lemmens, PADI Course Director.  Was really great to finally meet Camille in person, as we’ve been online friends for a long time and have many mutual friends.  Camille teaches PADI Instructor Development Courses across Asia [...]

Sidemount Technical Wreck Diving Subic Bay Philippines

Shipwrecks of the Philippines An eBook release by Tom Bennett. If you are a diver, a historian or a Pacific War Buff, this eBook release will go a long way toward satisfying your need for information about the shipwrecks of the Philippines. For the first time, the book publishes a chronological list of Philippines area [...]